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How Much Is Barack Obama Worth?

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Since leaving the White House, Barack Obama has continued to do very well for himself financially. The former president released the first volume of his memoir, “A Promised Land,” in November 2020; by December 2020, it had sold 3.3 million copies, becoming one of the top-selling political memoirs in history. Aside from the success of his memoir, Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama also signed a lucrative Netflix deal in 2018.

Celebrity Net Worth reported the former president’s net worth as $70 million. According to an estimate by Analytics@American, American University’s business analytics program, however, Barack and Michelle Obama could make as much as $242.5 million post-presidency.

Barack Obama’s Net Worth: $70 Million

Obama has an estimated net worth of $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, in part due to earning $400,000 a year throughout his entire eight-year term as president of the United States.  On April 15, 2016, Obama released his 2015 tax returns, which showed that the former president and Michelle Obama filed jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $436,065. They paid $81,472 in taxes according to their 18.7% tax rate. They also donated a total of $64,066 to more than 30 charities.

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A Timeline of Barack Obama’s Wealth

How did Obama grow his fortune? Here’s a timeline of his accomplishments that have added to his earnings over the years, as chronicled by Business Insider:

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Barack Obama’s Life Beyond the Presidency

Obama is now one of five living former presidents, and he has returned to his community activist roots, working on issues that were important to him during his presidency, such as gun control, immigration, nuclear nonproliferation, race relations and criminal justice reform. Through various organizations, social media, speaking engagements and his production company, Obama continues to raise awareness of these issues and pursue social change.

According to the 1958 Former Presidents Act, Obama will receive the salary of a cabinet secretary for the rest of his life. That amount is his $205,700 annual pension. Among the other perks are health insurance and round-the-clock Secret Service protection until his death.

In addition to Secret Service protection, Obama will also receive funds for an office, staff and related expenses.

Barack Obama’s Netflix Deal

Obama is gearing up to increase his sphere of influence — and potentially his net worth — as a producer. He and Michelle Obama signed a deal to produce series and films for Netflix in 2018. 

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us,” Michelle Obama said in the official announcement.

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Netflix did not disclose the financial details; The New York Times, however, reported that similar deals have been valued at tens of millions over several years.

Among other titles, the Obamas have released the following documentaries under the banner of their production company, Higher Ground Productions: American Factory,” which won an Oscar, “Becoming” and “Crip Camp,” which has the rare distinction of holding a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The docuseries “Our Great National Parks,” which features Obama as narrator, was released on Netflix last month. Forthcoming titles include a sci-fi film called “Satellite,” a YA series called “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” and several more features. 

Barack Obama’s Speaking Fees

Many presidents establish foundations and enjoy lucrative second careers as in-demand speakers and authors, and the Obamas are as popular as ever. The former president gave a speech in September 2017 at a healthcare conference run by the trading and investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald, according to The New York Times. His fee for that event was reported to be $400,000, the same as his presidential annual salary.

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Analytics@American estimated that the Obamas could make about 50 speeches a year, earning “a conservative $200,000” per speech.

Barack Obama’s Real Estate

Obama is the first former president in nearly 100 years to remain in Washington, D.C., after leaving office. He and the family remained in town so his youngest daughter, Sasha, could finish high school. She graduated in June 2019.

Their digs are located in the area’s posh Kalorama neighborhood. The Obamas bought the house for $8.1 million, according to CNBC. They also kept their Chicago home in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

Sam DiSalvoStephanie Barbaran and Joel Anderson contributed to the reporting for this article.